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June 13, 2016

The 2016 Bathroom Awards Is Open For Contestants

Working on the premise that a business that pays attention to its restrooms is a business that focuses on the customer, Garden Centers of America's annual award for best bathroom invites garden retailers to submit their most creative and appealing restroom photos and descriptions.

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June 12, 2016

Check Out The Before And After Of Lowe’s Greenhouse’s Redesign [Photo Gallery]

Lowe's added covered shopping in its plant yard, dramatically expanded its gift shop, and moved its parking lot and entrance from the street-facing front to the side. Take a look at the dramatic transformation!

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June 7, 2016

Indoor Gardening Program, Modern Homesteading, Will Launch At Cultivate’16

Modern Homesteading, an exclusive certified dealer program to fast track independent garden centers into the exploding indoor growing market, will make its debut at Cultivate’16, which takes place in Columbus, July 9-12. Created by Sunlight Supply, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of year-round gardening supplies, this new program offers retailers a turnkey indoor gardening line of products. “Gardening indoors makes it easy for anyone to grow fresh year-round, no matter the season, weather or conditions, either in kitchens or classrooms,” Sunlight Supply’s founder, Craig Hargreaves says. “And with the growing challenges to gardening outdoors brought on by severe climate conditions, soil infertility and pest issues, growing food indoors is not only easy, but necessary.” Growing indoors is a fast growing trend. According to IBISWorld, a global business intelligence leader, hydroponic equipment stores had revenues of just under $1 billion in 2015 and the market is projected to continue to […]

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June 6, 2016

GCA Extends Early Bird Rates For The Summer Tour To June 10

Garden Centers of America (GCA) is extending its Early Bird Savings for the Summer Tour in Portland, OR, to June 10. A GCA  press release cites a late spring for most Northern garden center for why it’s allow the $50 savings per registration to be extended to June 10. Registrants are also encouraged to book their hotel now to take advantage of special discounted rates at host hotel Embassy Suites Portland while rooms are available. GCA Summer Tour-goers enjoy a discounted nightly rate during this high-demand summer booking of just $199. GCA has also arranged with Embassy Suites Portland hotel officials to extend this special discounted rate to June 10. The hotel’s downtown location is in the heart of the Pearl District, surrounded by a wide selection of restaurants and food carts offering a delicious variety of dining options. Built in 1912 and renovated two years ago, the hotel combines historical ambiance with all of the modern […]

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Rogers Gardens employee container garden assembly FEATURE

June 6, 2016

It’s Time For Garden Retailers To Start Hiring Again

Perhaps our industry has finally reached a point where there's simply too much work to be done for the number of employees on the payroll.

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June 6, 2016

Old Fashioned Marketing Still Works At Countryside Gardens

Countryside Gardens in Hampton, VA, sent out one of the best marketing messages I’ve seen in a long time. In its June 2, 2016, e-newsletter, the first item read: Have you ever had a party to celebrate a plant blooming? If you have ever seen a night-blooming cereus in bloom, then you know why gardeners that have one of these plants will invite friends and neighbors over to enjoy them. What is so special about this plant that would make people venture out late in the evening to witness its blooms? Well, the blooms are as big as a saucer and 4 to 5 inches deep. Expect immaculate white petals, a wonderful OMG fragrance like none other. The plant blooms only once or twice a year. Yes, when a night-blooming cereus blooms, it is indeed a special event. Each plant can have several flowers blooming at once depending on its size. […]

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June 6, 2016

Maryland’s Neonicotinoid Law Goes Into Effect

Beginning January 1, 2018, Maryland will ban sales of products containing the neonicotinoid class of pesticides throughout the state of Maryland, save to licensed operators. The Pollinator Protection Act was allowed to pass into law when Governor Larry Hogan neither vetoes nor signed the bill at the end of May. The law that passed had a significant change from the bill that first passed both the state House and Senate. Those versions banned the sale of plants that had been treated with neonicotinoids. The language related to that ban, however, was struck out during the final reconciliation before a final vote. The ban focuses primarily on retail sales of neonicotinoids. The Act does allow certified applicators, farmers, and veterinarians to use neonicotinoids. However, language in the bill refers to a six-month neonicotinoid study being conducted by the EPA, instructing the Maryland Department of Agriculture to revisit its rules of allowable use of neonicotinoids once […]

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Pollinator-friendly perennials are a big hit with eco-concious consumers

May 27, 2016

Which Pollinator Terms Appeal Most To Consumers?

A team from the University of Florida tested several promotional phrases, from the specific ("butterflies" and "bees") to more general.

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IGC App For 2016 Shows

May 26, 2016

IGC Shows Release Free Apps To Help You Plan For Both The Chicago And Philadelphia Shows

Free event planning apps for each show are now available for download in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

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May 23, 2016

Ian Baldwin Sees Several Garden Trends Developing This Spring

The garden industry consultant reads the mid-spring tea leaves and sees several trends emerging.

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May 23, 2016

Manhattan’s Urban Garden Center Suffers Second Disaster In Two Years

Two years after a nearby gas explosion destroyed the store in Manhattan's Spanish Harlem, Urban Garden Center had a four-alarm fire that disrupted a popular train route, and the garden retailer is now dealing with an angry community.

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May 23, 2016

Bayer Sells Consumer Garden Products Division To French Company

The sale to SBM Développement comes just as Bayer AG makes a bid for Monsanto.

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